I browsed Pinterest, School Girl Style, Joann's fabric, and the local teacher store for inspiration. I change our accessories (name tags, labels, hallway decor, calendar, etc.) every other year, but I needed something I absolutely loved for our main items because those will hopefully last for several years. I ended up finding fabric I loved in multicolored polka dots and then ran from there with matching paint and border.
I decided to do double borders like I saw on Schoolgirl Style. I bought four solid colors and two prints to mix and match. When it was time to put them up, I was having trouble getting everything perfectly lined up. The bottom solid border wasn't on an edge so it wanted to slip around and wouldn't stay straight. My husband was helping me and had his tool box, so he made a suggestion to try a chalk line. He snapped a straight edge and we used it to keep the bottom border straight. It was so much easier, but it was kind of messy. After that we switched to push pins and twine. We simply measured the set distance in a couple different places and stuck a push pin in. Then we ran twine from pin to pin, creating a perfect straight edge. After that things went much faster.
Next it was time to decorate the boards. I always struggle to get my letters and posters perfectly straight. Again, my husband's tool box was the answer. We used blue painter tape to create a straight line and I was easily able to hang straight letters on top of it. As you can see from the picture above, I work from both ends and have my letters meet in the middle. This helps keep things centered.
Finally, it was time to move over some of the posters from my old room that I wanted to keep. I already had them perfect spaced out on my old boards so I didn't want to have to do that work all over again. I used tape to hook the posters together before taking them off the wall. This way, I was able to tape them up on my new board in one piece and then work my way around with staples. This also works for laying things out on the floor where it's easy to rearrange and play with your design. After you like it on the floor, tape it together and put it on the wall.
I plan to give you an updated tour of our entire room soon, but those are a few new tips that I hadn't used when setting up my boards previously. I hope they help you out too. Do you have any practical tips to add?
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